Little girl rocks a military uniform to welcome her mom home from Iraq

Photo: WFTS

TAMPA, Fla. (WRIC) — A little girl showed appreciation to her mom in a remarkable way when welcoming her home from Iraq.

Morgan Rhyne, 5, wore an Air Force uniform and pink sparkly boots when she met her mom at the Tampa International Airport Wednesday morning.

Morgan’s mom is a major in the U.S. Air Force and her dad, Rick Rhyne, is an Army veteran.

“She talked about going to work with mom now that she has a uniform,” Rhyne told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay.

Once Morgan spotted her mom, Major Christine Ryne, she ran quickly to hug her.

Morgan is a little trooper herself.  She is battling cystic fibrosis, and that’s why Major Rhyne tells WFTS it’s hard being away from home.

“I know it’s tough for Rick to be a single dad while I was gone, especially with Morgan being sick all the time, but it’s great to be home,” she said.

Rick said it is difficult, but the Military plays a major role in helping them cope with their situation.

“The good part of this is the military is like a family, everybody tends to help out,” he said. “Everybody understands when you have to take some time off to take care of your special needs children.”

Now that Morgan is back with her mom, she just wants to tell her everything that happened while she was away.

“Amber gave me a flamingo head band and a flamingo shirt,” she said.


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